Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says Luke Shaw is progressing well

Luke Shaw of Manchester United about to be tackled by Hector Moreno of PSV Eindhoven
Image: Luke Shaw of Manchester United about to be tackled by Hector Moreno of PSV Eindhoven

Louis van Gaal insists Luke Shaw is making good progress in his recovery from a double leg break, but the Manchester United manager is refusing to set a comeback date for the left-back.

The 20-year-old fractured his right leg in two places following a tackle by Hector Moreno in United's 2-1 defeat at PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League seven weeks ago.

Van Gaal claimed after the match that Shaw could be playing again in six months, but is now reluctant to pencil in a return date for the England international.

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal on the touchline after the whistle is blown for half time
Image: United manager Louis van Gaal is refusing to set a comeback date for Shaw

"Luke is progressing well and is doing as well as we could have hoped at this stage," Van Gaal wrote in his programme notes ahead of Tuesday's Champions League match against CSKA Moscow.

"We are not putting any timings on his recovery or a return, as it is important we allow nature to take its course.

"Luke is working hard during his recuperation to keep his body in the best possible condition.

Luke Shaw of Manchester United leaves the field on a stretcher
Image: Shaw leaves the field on a stretcher following Moreno's tackle

"He is receiving plenty of messages of encouragement from supporters, which I know he appreciates."

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Shaw endured a difficult first season at Old Trafford following his £30m move from Southampton, but started his second campaign at the club in fine form.

Luke Shaw has been much improved in his second season with Manchester United.
Image: Shaw was enjoying a much improved second season with United

England manager Roy Hodgson has not ruled out taking the defender to the European Championships in France if he makes a full recovery by next spring.

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